NATION VALLEY — Don’t gripe about the cold: celebrate it! Dundas County is doing exactly that with a handful of planned winter carnivals this season — two of them recently revived.
Chesterville, Feb. 10-12
The ongoing granddaddy of Dundas winter carnivals, Chesterville’s annual ‘Ice Breaker’ goes ahead Feb. 10, 11 and 12 — and organizers are reminding the community to save those dates. The 2017 edition will be themed around snowflakes — in keeping with the new decorative lighting around the village — and Valentine’s Day, says Shelley McLeod.
Revolving around the Chesterville Legion and Chesterville Arena, the weekend animates the ice surface with a three-on-three hockey tournament that starts on the Friday night and runs through Saturday, which concludes with a men’s four-on-four tourney that evening.
While there won’t be a carnival queen competition this year, the Chesterville Winter Carnival weekend always features a popular ‘Prince and Princess Snowflake contest’ at the Saturday morning breakfast in the Legion. As usual, Branch 434 will host a variety of meals, including suppers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (usually scalloped potatoes by Christ Church United and a spaghetti affair by St. Mary’s School on the latter two dates). A DJ will preside over the Saturday night dance at the Legion; children will put on their dancing shoes the following day when costumed characters come to visit. Chesterville Bowling Lanes also plans to host a family bowling day on the Sunday. Also, the nearby Maple Ridge Centre will host remote controlled races at is facility on the Sunday as well.
Morewood, Feb. 3-4
After several years of hiatus, Morewood has revived its Winter Carnival — in concert with last year’s resurrection of the Morewood Recreation Association and restoration of the hamlet’s Community Centre. The Centre and surrounding outdoor rink and park will host fun outdoor activities like a three-on-three hockey tournament, tobogganing and log-sawing. Inside the Centre, the venue will host 50/50 raffle, games, crafts and a DJ dance. Tickets to the dance are available at the Lucky Dollar or via Morewood Recreation’s Facebook page.
Matilda, Jan. 20-21
In the Brinston-Dixons Corners corridor, the Matilda Winter Carnival is back for 2017, returning to the Matilda Hall after many years of inactivity. Eddy and the Stingrays rev up their brand of retro live music Saturday night in the Hall (Jan. 21); the musicians gear up at the conclusion of car and snowmobile rallies running out of Brinston Memorial Park that same day. Rally machines head out starting at 9 a.m. that morning.
Organized by the recently formed Matilda Memorial Recreation, the Matilda Carnival officially kicks off Friday night (Jan. 20) with talent show at the Hall. Open to student residents of South Dundas up to age 16, competitors must register by Jan. 11. Forms are available online here. They can be returned to Brinston General Store or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After last year’s inaugural event, Inkerman’s Winter Classic is set to return for a day of activities on the hamlet’s outdoor rink. yes we are planning on it. “Our planning meeting will be on January 17th, and we will have more details after that. It went really well last year!” says organizer Kelly Fawcett-Mathers.